Public Amenities

Permit Counter Temporary Closures

To protect the health and safety of our staff and customers, and to help mitigate the impact of COVID-19, we closed our public-facing customer service counters on Monday, March 16. Our counters remain closed until further notice. This includes both the Street Use and the Traffic and Parking permit counters at the Seattle Municipal Tower on floors 23 and 37. We are still processing permit applications. Please read the instructions below on how to apply for a permit.

For construction use in the right-of-way and street improvement permits, please e-mail your completed application to SDOTPermits@seattle.gov.

For major utility permits, please e-mail your completed application to SDOTUtilPermits@Seattle.gov and be sure to use the subject line: Permit#_ProjAddress – UMP New Application / Modification Application

For all other permits, please apply online through the Seattle Services Portal.

Our staff will be available to provide application coaching and assist with issuing permits by phone. Click here for information on how to pay permit fees.

How do I get a permit for a public amenity?

This permit allows permittees to install a public amenity in the public right-of-way. This includes benches, bike racks, exercise machines, hanging baskets, planters, sculptural art, tables and chairs, and other street furniture.  

Step 1 - Choose a location

The amenity must be located in the public right-of-way, which includes sidewalks, streets, and alleys.

Step 2 - Draw your plan

Use the site plan template and include elevation, detail, and manufacturer's specifications as necessary.

A blank site plan template for people to draw their site plan

Step 3 - Apply for your free permit!

You can apply for this permit on the Seattle Services Portal. Use the button on the right to sign in!

Under "Create New" select "Permits-Street Use" and navigate to and select the "Long Term Use" and "Private Structures/Uses" record type.

Required documents:

  • Site plan (template available here), including elevation, detail, and manufacturer's specifications as necessary
  • Photo, design, or conceptual image
  • Certificate of insurance (refer to CAM 2102)
  • Historic/Landmark District Certificate of Approval (if in an historic district)

Step 4 - Install the amenity

Enjoy your improved public space!